Cathy McMorris Rodgers
City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: U.S. congresswoman
Education: Graduated from the Columbia River Christian Academy, Kettle Falls, in 1986. Earned pre-law bachelor’s degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1990 and executive MBA from the University of Washington in 2002.
Political experience: Appointed to state House of Representatives, serving the 7th Legislative District, in 1993. Elected to state House in 1994, where she served until joining Congress. Elected to Congress in 2004. Former Vice Chair of House Republican Conference. Elected chairwoman of House Republican Conference in 2013.
Work experience: Aide to state representative, 1990-93. Worked at her family orchard and fruit stand for 13 years, prior to election to Congress.
Family: Married. Has three young children.
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On this race:
Elected Experience: Currently serving third term as U.S. Representative from 5th Congressional District; Vice Chair of House Republican Conference, fourth-highest ranking House Republican and highest-ranking House Republican woman. Committees: Armed Services; Education and Labor; and Natural Resources. Co-founder of Down Syndrome Caucus and Military Family Caucus. Previously served in the Washington State House of Representatives; elected House Republican Leader in 2002.
Other Professional Experience: Worked in family-owned orchard for 13 years.
Education: Executive MBA University of Washington, BA Pensacola Christian College
Community Service: Strong advocate for military families, veterans, students, and families with special needs.
Statement: As a young girl growing up on my parents' farm in Kettle Falls, I could never have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Congress. I have lived the American Dream. And since you first elected me in 2004, I have worked my heart out to be worthy of your trust, and remain humbled by the responsibilities you've given me.
During the past six years, I have fought on Capitol Hill for lower taxes to create jobs; worked for bipartisan solutions to improve our schools; championed good stewardship of our farms and forests; and stood strong for America's military and veterans. I have urged the use of American resources, including hydropower, and expanded use of alternative energies, to help us become energy independent.
On a personal note, I also became a wife and a mother, and these are my dearest and proudest accomplishments.
Today, our country is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis - a crisis caused mostly by reckless spending, borrowing, and bailouts. I voted against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, the $787 billion economic "stimulus" bill, and the $1.3 trillion health care bill. I support a balanced budget amendment, a constitutional amendment to limit federal spending, and repealing the government takeover of health care and replacing it with practical solutions that actually lower medical costs and improve outcomes.
The citizens of Eastern Washington are looking for a new era of common sense and accountability in government. I want to help lead that movement. With your support, I am eager to continue advocating for tax reform, smarter government, and a balanced budget.
I love Eastern Washington and America. I ask for your continued confidence and your vote.
|Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)||106,191||62.53 %|
|Daryl Romeyn (D)||21,091||12.42 %|
|Barbara Lampert (D)||15,538||9.15 %|
|Clyde Cordero (D)||10,787||6.35 %|
|Randall Yearout (C)||10,635||6.26 %|
|David R. Fox (D)||5,569||3.28 %|
The Hill, a Washington, D.C., newspaper that focuses on Congress and politics, speculates today that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would move up in GOP leadership next year.It assumes a couple of things, including that Rep. Mike Pence, the person above her in the Republican leadership,…
Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn painted Cathy McMorris Rodgers as a do-nothing incumbent who has no solutions for federal deficits, illegal immigration, high school dropouts or childhood obesity. McMorris Rodgers suggested Romeyn was someone who didn’t understand complex forest issues and would tax small businesses out…
In what may be the most anticipated 5th District Congressional debate in years, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn go head-to-head tonight on television.They’ll be answering questions from a panel that includes Spokesman-Review reporter and Spin Control contributor Jonathan Brunt, public…
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Daryl Romeyn will debate after all on Tuesday, it seems.The incumbent Republican congresswoman and the Democratic challenger, who each at one point turned down an invitation to debate for scheduling reasons, reportedly have cleared their respective calendars for Tuesday afternoon. They’ll…
Just days after saying Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ refusal to debate was denying him a voice, congressional challenger Daryl Romeyn refused to debate when she changed her mind and offered to debate next week.Whether the two candidates will meet face-to-face before the Nov. 2 election seems…
A few days after saying they couldn’t fit a debate into Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ schedule, the Republican incumbent’s campaign has shifted course and asked if she could debate Daryl Romeyn after all.The campaign called KSPS-TV producer Jill Johnson this morning, asking if the offer…
For the first time in decades, there will be no debate or face-to-face forum for candidates in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District race because the incumbent is refusing to participate.U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ campaign said Wednesday she will not debate Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn…
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would like a fourth term in Congress, and Democrats in the 5th District aren’t putting up much resistance. They threw their support behind little-known candidate Clyde Cordero in the primary, but he was defeated by Daryl Romeyn, who is best known for forecasting the weather on local TV stations. He gave up that profession a while back and is now a full-time organic farmer. However, when it comes to the important issues in this race, he is partly cloudy. Romeyn is sincere in his quest to join Congress, but too often his response to questions is: “Again, I don’t have specifics.” Romeyn lobs the tired “career politician” label at McMorris Rodgers but says the district’s best-ever representative was Tom Foley – and we don’t disagree – but Foley was as entrenched as it gets. Romeyn correctly notes that a representative’s task is to listen, learn and legislate, but it is a candidate’s task to get past the first step in formulating his own ideas. We’re not sure who he was listening to in making trail breaks in national forests a centerpiece of his campaign.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was on CNN’s Sunday morning talk show, explaining/defending the “Pledge to America” to Candy Crowley with Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.Meanwhile, FactCheck.org was dissecting the pledge, and found it some facts don’t check out in a report that can be…
AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteU.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was among House Republican leaders unveiling their 2010 campaign strategy, the “Pledge to America” at a lumberyard in Virginia.She’s the easiest to distinguish person in the photo above, considering she’s the only woman. Also in the photo,…